On this day: Liverpool beat Barcelona to reach 2001 UEFA Cup final


The Reds went on to protect a cup treble in the 2000/01 season.

Liverpool have a flair of whipping Barcelona in European semi-finals as on April 19, 2001 they scheduled their area in the UEFA Cup final with a 1-0 success over the Spanish side.

Here, the PA news firm takes a better take a look at the Reds’ cup successes of 2000/01

Edging Barca out

Anfield was loaded to the rafters for the second leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final against Barcelona (Phil Noble/PA)

Unlike the Champions League semi-final clash in between these 2 sides last season, which ended 4-3 on aggregate to the Reds, this was not a goalfest. After Liverpool, handled by Gerard Houllier, went to the Nou Camp and got an excellent 0-0 attract the first leg it was all to play for at Anfield. As is custom, this Barca team was a side full of assaulting style with Rivaldo, Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars on the teamsheet. They missed out on great possibilities to score an important away goal and Gary McAllister‘s 44 th-minute penalty showed the distinction in between the 2 sides over 180 minutes as Liverpool advanced to their first European final in 15 years.

Goalfest in Germany


If the semi-final was doing not have adventure, then the final against Alaves definitely offseted it as Liverpool got their hands on the UEFA Cup for the first time considering that1976 It ought to have been a regular night in Dortmund as the Reds rose into a 3-1 half- time lead thanks to goals from Markus Babbel, Steven Gerrard and McAllister. The Spanish side hit back early in the second half and, after Robbie Fowler had actually brought back Liverpool’s benefit, former Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff scored a leveller at the death to send it into extra time. Alaves capitulated, however, and had 2 men dispatched in extra-time, with Liverpool declaring splendor thanks to a 117 th-minute golden goal as Delfi Geli headed into his own net.

Cup Kings

Liverpool won 3 cup competitions in 2000/01 (David Jones/PA)

While Houllier’s side were never ever truly in the Premier League title race they were a dazzling cup team and their European success finished a hat-trick ofcompetitions They had won the League Cup in February after beating Birmingham on charges and after that produced a dazzling resurgence in the FA Cup final at Cardiff’s Centuries Arena. They were tracking to Freddie Ljungberg’s 72 nd-minute opener prior to 2 Michael Owen goals in the final 7 minutes saw them raise the popular trophy.

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